Accession Number : ADA546134
Title : Maritime Trade Warfare in the 21st Century
Descriptive Note : Final rept.
Corporate Author : NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT
Personal Author(s) : Toth, Michael H
Report Date : 04 May 2011
Pagination or Media Count : 21
Abstract : Policy makers and operational commanders continually find themselves searching for alternatives to the direct use of force in order to accomplish strategic and operational objectives. Historically, one option available to policy makers in times of peace to coerce an adversary has been trade sanctions, normally enforced by maritime interception operations, denying some critical import to affect his decision-making. During wartime, operational commanders think in terms of blockading an enemy to directly attack a critical vulnerability thereby assisting to defeat the enemy's center of gravity. Regardless of whether wartime or peacetime, executing a strategy of deprivation against an adversary poses a challenging problem for the operational commander. This paper explores the factors that must be considered by the commander when employing maritime trade warfare and how new and emerging technologies may provide new options for the operational level commander.
Descriptors : *RIVERINE WARFARE , *INTERNATIONAL TRADE , *COMMERCE , CYBERWARFARE , MILITARY COMMANDERS , DEPRIVATION , INTERCEPTION , PEACETIME , STRATEGY , VULNERABILITY
Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE